Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Todd Richards being named the second-ever head coach of the Minnesota Wild. That gave him three months to hire his assistant coaches, his strength and conditioning coaches, his video coach and other staff members all while trying to implement his system of hockey on a team that was used to one way for eight previous seasons.
So although Richards was disappointed to learn one year later that Assistant Coach Mike Ramsey would be stepping down from his post, the second-year head coach wasn't perplexed.
After dealing with last year's monsoon of activity, finding a new assistant coach doesn't seem as daunting.
"There are things that are done," said Richards. "As far as systems go, and video, a lot of those things are done."
For the time being, Richards is still getting used to the fact that he'll be without a fixture on the Wild bench for 10 years.
"This just happened," he noted. "I've had a weekend to think about it. There's been lots of emotions that have gone along with it."
Ramsey's departure comes at a time when Richards and the Wild front office are knee deep in NHL Draft preparations, as well as free agency planning. Still, finding Ramsey's replacement is going to be a high priority, and the cause of much speculation among the State of Hockey faithful.
I don't need to be in a rush," said Richards. "There's lots of very good candidates out there. What I'll make sure I do is take my time and make sure I get the right person."